Postdoctoral Research Associate (IBD) - Genetics

Updated: 8 months ago
Location: Chapel Hill, NORTH CAROLINA

Posting Information

Position Information

Position Title Postdoctoral Research Associate (IBD) - Genetics
Vacancy ID PDS002592
Department Genetics - 423501
Position Type Postdoctoral Scholar

Posting Details

Salary Range Depending on Qualifications
Full-time/Part-time Full Time
If part-time, hours per week
Proposed Start Date 01/07/2019
Estimated Duration of Appointment 12 Months
Posting Open Date 11/27/2019
Posting Close Date 12/07/2019
Open Until Filled No
Work Location Chapel Hill, NC
Position Summary

The laboratory of Dr. Terry Furey in UNC Chapel Hill’s Department of Genetics seeks a post-doctoral fellow to participate in their Crohn’s disease-focused genomics research program. Along with the lab of Dr. Shehzad Sheikh, MD, PhD, a clinical molecular scientist and close collaborator of over five years, Dr. Furey’s laboratory aims uncover the mechanistic linkages between the genome (DNA sequence variants), epigenome (chromatin accessibility), and the environment (intestinal microbiome, clinical history) in the onset and progression of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), in particular Crohn’s disease. We have performed multiple functional genomics experiments (ATAC-seq, RNA-seq, miRNA-seq, 16S rRNA gene sequencing) in tissue samples and individual cell types from colons and ileums of genotyped human IBD patients and controls. We are looking for a post-doctoral fellow to help lead the effort to further understand the molecular basis of this disease. We are especially interested in candidates with experience modeling gene regulatory networks using functional genomics data. The successful candidate will gain experience in a number of cutting edge computational genomics analyses techniques, and gain knowledge and expertise in diagnosis and treatment of IBD. Importantly, these projects have great potential to become independent research projects that would further ambitious, motivated post-doctoral careers. In addition to research, the post-doctoral fellow will be actively involved with writing scientific papers and presenting talks at scientific meetings.

Educational Requirements

PhD in Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Genetics, Molecular Biology, or a related field.

Qualifications and Experience

Candidates applying should be proficient in one or more of the following programming languages: Python, Perl, R, Java, C. Candidates must have experience analyzing high-throughput sequencing data from functional genomics experiments such as RNA-seq, ATAC-seq, and DNase-seq. Experience performing research in inflammatory bowel diseases or immune-related diseases desired. Candidates should also have strong communication and analytical skills.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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